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Older topics[edit]

This history link shows the earlier topics which were on this talk page before they were deleted by Uncle G's 'bot 21:35, 4 December 2006‎ (UTC). (They have nothing to do with the heading "From Meta:Help talk:Link" – that heading was just an empty topic created by Uncle G's 'bot.) -- (talk) 17:38, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

meta:Help:Link authors and history[edit]

  • 00:20, 24 November 2006 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by Bujar to last version by Az1568)
  • 15:38, 23 November 2006 User:Bujar m (→Wikilinks)
  • 07:39, 22 November 2006 User:Az1568 m (Reverted edits by (talk) to last version by Naconkantari)
  • 23:47, 2 October 2006 User:Naconkantari m (Reverted edits by to last version by Korg)
  • 16:44, 28 September 2006 User:Korg m (rv test)
  • 12:26, 13 August 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - The existence of an internal link from a page to an existing or non-existing page is recorded in the pagelinks table.)
  • 04:59, 13 August 2006 User:Tsuji m (Transferred small edits from Wikipedia copy)
  • 06:35, 9 August 2006 User:Patrick (→Links from a page - tmp)
  • 13:14, 8 August 2006 User:Patrick (→Additional effects of links)
  • 13:21, 7 August 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - *<nowiki>ab</nowiki> gives ab (two links, but looking equal to the single link ab), even if the links are underlined (a b and a b look the same only if)
  • 13:07, 7 August 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - *<nowiki>a<</nowiki>nowiki>b</nowiki> gives a<nowiki>b</nowiki>.)
  • 13:01, 7 August 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - <nowiki>bc</nowiki> gives bc, just like <nowiki>bc</nowiki> does: bc.)
  • 13:00, 7 August 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - <nowiki>ab</nowiki> gives ab, just like <nowiki>ab</nowiki> does: ab.)
  • 16:33, 27 July 2006 User:Patrick (==Arrow icon== CSS for suppressing all arrow icons to be added)
  • 16:31, 27 July 2006 User:Patrick (→External links to the same project)
  • 16:21, 27 July 2006 User:Patrick (→External links to the same project - <span class="plainlinks">http://a.b</span>)
  • 09:49, 27 July 2006 User:Nslonim (→Section linking - - anchors to title added for html aware users)
  • 14:48, 7 July 2006 User:Korg m (Reverted edits by to last version by Patrick)
  • 08:24, 28 June 2006 User:Patrick (→External links - Special:Linksearch finds all pages linking to a given site.)
  • 17:50, 7 May 2006 User:Omniplex (→Anchors that go nowhere - rm, too wrong to fix it (I could explain it if necessary on the talk page))
  • 10:51, 18 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Unintended subpage structure)
  • 10:42, 18 April 2006 User:Patrick (===Unintended subpage structure===)
  • 11:09, 17 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Syntax - Relative links still work if all pages of a tree are renamed according a name change of the root, including making it a child of a new root.)
  • 10:59, 17 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature - rephrase)
  • 10:21, 17 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature - rephrase)
  • 04:48, 16 April 2006 User:Omniplex m (use Interwiki links on help pages)
  • 09:04, 5 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Additional effects of links)
  • 09:01, 5 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Additional effects of links)
  • 08:56, 5 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Special pipe syntax - Help:Piped link)
  • 08:08, 5 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - A '''wikilink''' or '''internal link''' links a page to another page within the same project.)
  • 08:05, 5 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Stub feature - restore "the number of bytes of the wikitext is less than ")
  • 07:53, 5 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - rm "As of MediaWiki 1.5", has been like that for a long time, and I do not know about plans to change it)
  • 07:49, 5 April 2006 User:Patrick (→Wikilinks - not every page is an article)
  • 03:39, 25 March 2006 User:Pathoschild (Completely overhauled (expanded documentation, removed some overlap with other pages, simplified and user-friendlified, removed redundant sections))
  • 10:05, 24 March 2006 User: (→Linking to a page, a section, or an arbitrary position in a page)
  • 13:43, 23 March 2006 User: (→Cases where using external link style for an internal or interwiki page can be useful - garbled navbox, truncated)
  • 14:17, 13 March 2006 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - it is automatically a normal link as soon as the new page is created.)
  • 00:39, 13 March 2006 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - *linking indirectly between pages having a link to the same non-existing page, through the edit page of the topic, and the "what links here" page.)
  • 00:32, 13 March 2006 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - Purposes of a link to a non-existing page:)
  • 19:53, 15 February 2006 User:CharlesC (→Cases where using external link style for an internal or interwiki page can be useful)
  • 19:36, 15 February 2006 User:CharlesC (→Cases where using external link style for an internal or interwiki page can be useful)
  • 21:26, 4 February 2006 User: (→Linking to a page, a section, or an arbitrary position in a page)
  • 21:25, 4 February 2006 User: (→Linking to a page, a section, or an arbitrary position in a page)
  • 22:53, 24 January 2006 User:Patrick (→Image links - Help:Navigational image)
  • 19:21, 5 January 2006 User:HappyDog m (Repoint link to configuration settings index)
  • 01:09, 15 December 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by
  • 16:52, 7 December 2005 User: (→Repairing links when disambiguating pages - fixed typo, 'a' -> 'an')
  • 03:45, 25 November 2005 User:Uncle G (Fixed capitalization of template name.)
  • 05:29, 16 November 2005 User:Uncle G (Replacement of {{new}} with {{H:new}})
  • 03:36, 16 November 2005 User:Uncle G (Fixed hyperlinks that break when this page is copied to other projects.)
  • 20:31, 26 September 2005 User:Korg m (Reverted edits by to last version by Patrick)
  • 13:29, 23 September 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by
  • 23:33, 20 September 2005 User: (→Internal link style vs interwiki link style: pros and cons)
  • 18:32, 12 September 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by
  • 14:12, 1 September 2005 User:Patrick (→Miscellaneous - avoid ambig; rephrase)
  • 14:05, 1 September 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by SV Resolution)
  • 12:07, 1 September 2005 User: (→Internal link vs Interwiki link: pros and cons)
  • 16:18, 30 August 2005 User:SV Resolution (→Miscellaneous - Subheadings make clear "external link" not part of "interwiki" material, etc.)
  • 18:02, 18 August 2005 User:ManuelGR (→Subpage feature - Documented according to bug #845 comment)
  • 16:50, 11 August 2005 User:ManuelGR (→Subpage feature - Adedd up page links)
  • 23:24, 21 July 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by
  • 07:57, 15 July 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by Zigger)
  • 12:07, 14 July 2005 User:Zigger m (→Subpage feature - Avoid Main ns redir.)
  • 21:28, 7 July 2005 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - "red link")
  • 16:04, 6 July 2005 User:Patrick (On the other hand, a page about a subtopic with a link to the parent page and with the same category tags may exceed a stub threshold without containing any additional info not provided by the parent)
  • 14:00, 29 June 2005 User:Patrick (→Stub feature - for clean-up work involving bypassing redirects, temporarily using a very high stub threshold value is convenient.)
  • 13:55, 29 June 2005 User:Patrick (However, section linking to a "stub" does not work; normally that would not matter, but with this special use of the stub feature it does. In this regard it is better to use external link style for se)
  • 13:49, 29 June 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by Patrick)
  • 10:23, 16 June 2005 User:Patrick (Pages with a name of the form User:A/B are considered to be in the set of user pages of user A. Typically, with regard to such pages, more relaxed rules apply for user A, and more strict rules for oth)
  • 12:44, 11 June 2005 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature - update)
  • 10:09, 5 June 2005 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page, a section, or an arbitrary position in a page)
  • 10:08, 5 June 2005 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page - ==Linking to a page, a section, or an arbitrary position of a page==)
  • 14:20, 1 June 2005 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page -For an internal link to an image or category, prefix a colon.)
  • 14:13, 1 June 2005 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page -A link to a non-existing image)
  • 11:25, 29 May 2005 User:Patrick (→Miscellaneous -A hover box can also be produced without link.)
  • 11:22, 29 May 2005 User:Patrick (→Miscellaneous - Oddly, the title is not present at interlanguage links (at the page margin).)
  • 14:13, 28 May 2005 User:Patrick (For these effects a piped link is useful even if it not followed, e.g. for displaying the meaning of an acronym, the municipality to which a town belongs, or any other remark: UN, [)
  • 13:59, 28 May 2005 User:Patrick (Putting the wikitext <nowiki> does not provide a link and only produces a blank space (perhaps depending on the browser, here it produces " "), but for "W)
  • 05:47, 27 May 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by to last version by Patrick)
  • 14:53, 9 May 2005 User:Patrick m (Reverted edits by Shaffysingh to last version by Patrick)
  • 09:59, 9 May 2005 User:Patrick (''For some basics, see also Help:Editing#Links, URLs.'')
  • 11:12, 25 April 2005 User:Patrick (A code like %70 in a redirect disables it, although the link works from the redirect page. For a redirect that works, the redirect page shows the canonical form of the target, unlike its preview page,)
  • 10:53, 19 April 2005 User:AnyFile (→See also - languages link via template)
  • 09:47, 19 April 2005 User:Patrick (→Miscellaneous - Using interwiki link style to link to an internal page differs from one in internal link style as follows:)
  • 09:20, 19 April 2005 User:Jni m (rv. spam)
  • 15:27, 11 April 2005 User:Wmahan m (→Miscellaneous - sp)
  • 03:01, 24 March 2005 User:Brianjd (→Subpage feature - The default settings, AS OF REVISION 1.21)
  • 23:32, 17 March 2005 User:Patrick (→Additional effects of links - ==Special effects of links==)
  • 14:16, 29 January 2005 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page - span)
  • 08:17, 8 November 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page - font or div tag like <nowiki><font id=".." /></nowiki>)
  • 02:04, 2 November 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page - See e.g. the three rank links in w:Netherlands and their targets.)
  • 01:24, 2 November 2004 User:Patrick m (→Linking to a page)
  • 01:22, 2 November 2004 User:Patrick (one can ''not'' use a HTML element "a" (see Help:HTML in wikitext), but one can make a div tag <div id=".."></div> or add id=".." to the start tag of any existing HTML element.)
  • 08:19, 15 October 2004 User:Patrick m (→Linking from a page)
  • 08:18, 15 October 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page -(ftp:// also works, but file://) does not).)
  • 04:50, 26 September 2004 User:Patrick (→Stub feature - However, linking to a section of what according to this criterion is a stub does not seem to work, except when external link style is used!)
  • 23:20, 20 September 2004 User:Patrick (→Miscellaneous - update)
  • 09:03, 13 September 2004 User:Patrick m (→Subpage feature)
  • 08:07, 11 September 2004 User:Patrick (→Additional effects of links - since this effect applies for every link occurrence independently, a convention to avoid multiple linking within one page typically does not apply for date links.)
  • 21:54, 5 September 2004 User:Patrick (→See also -Additional effects of links)
  • 13:42, 1 September 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page -existence detection feature)
  • 08:22, 1 September 2004 User:Patrick m (→Linking from a page)
  • 12:25, 25 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Stub feature - However, note that due to the possible inclusion of templates and images, a small wikitext does not mean a small composite page in terms of amount of information, or amount of bytes)
  • 12:04, 25 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page -The idea behind this is that such pages are "w:stubs" which need fixing, or which are less worthwhile to go to. Alternatively, with a higher threshold value, the feature)
  • 11:47, 25 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - *for links to the main namespace, known from the hoverbox or status bar, an indication of links having a redirect as target)
  • 10:53, 25 August 2004 User:Patrick m (→Linking from a page)
  • 10:51, 25 August 2004 User:Patrick (Note that if a very high value is specified as threshold, this feature allows distinction according to namespace (in the main namespace or not) instead of the intended use of distinction according to)
  • 10:44, 25 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - in class 'stub' if all the following is true:)
  • 08:22, 25 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - The value of the "threshold for stub display" (number of bytes) specified in the help:preferences determines whether the link is in class 'stub' (smaller pages) or no cl)
  • 22:29, 21 August 2004 User:Patrick (→See also - *w:Wikipedia:Canonicalization)
  • 12:20, 18 August 2004 User:Patrick (→See also - *Links table *Brokenlinks table)
  • 09:17, 16 August 2004 User:Patrick (*linking to a page for which internal link style is not possible, such as an old version of a page, a diff of two versions, Recent Changes or Watchlist with parameters, Backlinks page, etc.)
  • 21:57, 12 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - *In the second method, the help:image description page contains a redirect.)
  • 21:54, 12 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - Correspondingly, there are two ways to use an image as link to a page. In the first method, only possible in projects that allow [[Help:Images_and_other_uploaded_files#Embedd)
  • 13:58, 12 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - In the first case the link title is the name of the (eventual) target page, in the second case it is equal to the link label. By using a piped link ''and'' a redirect, the la)
  • 13:51, 12 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - There are two ways of allowing the link label and the (eventual) link target to be chosen independently:)
  • 12:47, 12 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature - What links here and Related changes ignore these automatic links.)
  • 09:00, 9 August 2004 User:Patrick m (→Plus sign in a link)
  • 08:59, 9 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page -A plus sign in the page name in the URL is equivalent with a space, e.g. {{SERVER}}/wiki/a+b leads to the page A b.)
  • 08:49, 9 August 2004 User:Patrick (In internal and interwiki link style, a plus sign in a page name is not allowed, the HTML and hence the rendered page just shows the wikitext, e.g. a+b. In external link style a plus sign in the U)
  • 23:10, 7 August 2004 User:Patrick (→See also - *Parser_testing#Internal_links and the next section of that page)
  • 14:00, 5 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Interwiki link to section -seems fixed)
  • 13:39, 5 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Link titles - However, even if the anchor is not in the title and even if the browser does not show the URL in the hover box, the anchor can still be seen in the status bar.)
  • 13:29, 5 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Link titles - Since the HTML element "a" is disabled when put directly in the wikitext, one can not choose the link target and link title independently. This would be useful e.g. to link the word)
  • 13:19, 5 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Link titles - the anchor is shown in the external link style, but not in the internal link style (and not in the interwiki link style, for which the anchor does not work, but for which viewing it)
  • 13:15, 5 August 2004 User:Patrick (As shown by the examples a#b, w:a#b, http://a.b#c, the link title is a, w:a, and <nowiki>http://a.b#c</nowiki>, respectively (also for the piped link version).)
  • 08:27, 5 August 2004 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature - See also w:Wikipedia:Subpages.)
  • 08:28, 22 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Conversions -==Interwiki link to section== (BUG))
  • 07:36, 21 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature -Settings per project are done in LocalSettings.php [].)
  • 07:30, 21 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature -DefaultSettings.php)
  • 06:14, 21 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature -$wgNamespacesWithSubpages = array( -1 => 0, 0 => 0, 1 => 1, 2 => 1, 3 => 1, 4 => 0, 5 => 1, 6 => 0, 7 => 1, 8 => 0, 9 => 1, 10 => 0, 11 => 1);)
  • 05:59, 21 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature - Subpages can have subpages themselves. Links to the whole hierarchy line of pages from the top is shown on the page.)
  • 05:49, 21 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Subpage feature - Like most letters of a page name, the first letter after the slash is case-sensitive, A/B and A/b are different.)
  • 05:30, 21 July 2004 User:Patrick (Depending on the project, for certain namespaces a subpage feature is enabled. On Wikipedia this is in talk namespaces, and the user and project namespace, on Meta also in the main namespace.)
  • 22:51, 20 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Automatic link - The links shows up even if namespace:a/b does not exist, provided that namespace:a exists.)
  • 22:49, 20 July 2004 User:Patrick (In talk namespaces, and the user and project namespace, a page with a name of the form namespace:a/b is comsidered a subpage of namespace:a, and shows a link automatically to the parent page automatic)
  • 13:11, 16 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking from a page - with Template:Link this can conveniently be done, e.g. {{link|a|b}} giving a (;)
  • 11:45, 15 July 2004 User:Patrick (thus, if this concerns an interlanguage link, it can not be rendered on the edge of the page, it has to be in the page body.)
  • 09:57, 15 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page - </a> (not sure how needed this is))
  • 09:43, 15 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page - If one wants to link to a position that is not suitable for starting a (sub)section, one can make an anchor <a id=".."> or add id=".." to the start tag of any existing [[w:HTML)
  • 21:46, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page - A consequence is e.g. that one can not conveniently bookmark the URL with anchor.)
  • 21:16, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick (Note a project does not keep a record of namespace prefixes or capitalization settings of sister projects, therefore less conversions can take place in an interwiki link than in an internal link.)
  • 21:10, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page -misc)
  • 20:51, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page -conversions)
  • 20:43, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page -conversions)
  • 16:13, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick (→Linking to a page -Consider e.g.:)
  • 16:03, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick (Apart from linking to the top, one can link to a section, see Help:Section#Section_linking. If the page name has to be converted, e.g. capitalized, then section linking still works, but the anchor)
  • 10:17, 13 July 2004 User:Patrick ((no class or class='new', see below))
  • 22:41, 12 July 2004 User:Patrick ((the classes can be used for separate colors or fonts per class by means of a specification in a CSS))
  • 21:27, 11 July 2004 User:Patrick (alternatively link type 2 can be used, see Help:Template#Restrictions.)
  • 07:10, 11 July 2004 User:Patrick (In case 3, links like [ ''target'' ] are automatically labelled with serial numbers 1, 2, 3, ...)
  • 07:00, 11 July 2004 User:Patrick (*linking to an edit page on a sister wiki (including a non-existing page, the link being an invitation or preparation for creating one, just like is common for internal pages))
  • 06:51, 11 July 2004 User:Patrick (BUG: interwiki link to section does not work; workaround: external link style)
  • 14:50, 10 July 2004 User:Patrick (This can be switched off in the preferences. The browser may also show similar info, but with the possible section indication, in the adress bar.)
  • 14:20, 10 July 2004 User:Patrick (On some browsers, putting the mouse pointer over a hyperlink will show a hover box the title attribute in the link anchor in the HTML code. This is the page name in the case of an internal link, the p)
  • 14:33, 9 July 2004 User:Patrick (some restriction with the use of parameters if the referring page is a template)
  • 14:13, 9 July 2004 User:Patrick (An example of the latter is in Template:Pd: although internal link style can be used for a calculation, e.g. google:200/7, external link style like is needed when)
  • 13:59, 9 July 2004 User:Patrick (URLs#URLs in external links)

Uncle G's 'bot 21:35, 4 December 2006‎ (UTC)

History pasted into the Talk page: dumb[edit]

Yuck, why is the History pasted into the Talk page? Isn't there a history button already, no? The page is 43 Kb long already. Jidanni 19:11, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

If anyone's still curious, here's my best understanding: it's something that has to be done as part of transwiki-ing, in order for the history of the page under the previous namespace to be preserved. Lenoxus " * " 17:06, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Grammar in Wikilinks section[edit]

Regarding the grammar, "just like ab does" should be changed to "just as ab does". Also, "looking equal to" should be "appearing like". D021317c 04:28, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

"Unlike the name suggests, the target site need not be a wiki" would be better expressed by "The target site, unlike what the name suggests, need not be a wiki." D021317c 04:40, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

"[1]" style internal links[edit]

Mention how to make a link that looks like "[1]", but is internal. I.e., [http://b.l.a/] gives what I want, but what if one likes the [1] style, but just wants to link another internal page but have it show up as [1].

Or mention if that is impossible, to stop security confusion, etc. Jidanni 19:08, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Do you mean like [] [1] ? Racepacket (talk) 12:33, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Query.php is dead[edit]

The example on the Help:Link page no longer works. Please explain how to do this using the new API. Racepacket (talk) 12:27, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Linking references from different languages[edit]

How to link falsetto into a Chinese Wikipedia page that I'm working on?TimHowardII (talk) 21:06, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

See interlanguage links under Interwiki links. LittleBen (talk) 04:16, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

The term "anchor".[edit]

WP:Linking#Principles defines "anchor" (linker) as opposed to "target" (linkee):

The page from which the hyperlink is activated is called "the anchor"; the page the link points to is called the "the target".

Yet Help:Link#Section linking (anchors) uses the term anchor (as linkee) to mean a "target" section (linkee)(in opposite sense to WP:Linking).

The two uses are incompatible and oppose one another. I move we minimize the use of anchor in linking guidelines, as it is confused.

  1. Delete the sentence. It is unused in WP:Linking (occurring only once to define itself).
  2. Delete the parenthetical. Section titles do not need the task of defining terms parenthetically.
  3. Decide upon a consistent linking terminology, then review and copyedit WP:Linking and Help:Link. They are the same project, and same subject.

Both uses are logical, but we should simply remove the term except from where it is entrenched. Since it is well established in HTML and wiki software template circles (as evidenced by "Section linking"), we should make wikitext markup descriptions similar to them.

CpiralCpiral 22:22, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Quotation character in external links[edit]

Quotation characters ( " ) mess up the format of external URL links. For example, here are three ways to try to link to"world%20cup"&btnG=Search+Books.

  1. (brackets around URL) "world%20cup"&btnG=Search+Books
  2. (brackets around URL+'Link text') "world%20cup"&btnG=Search+Books link text
  3. (just URL)"world%20cup"&btnG=Search+Books

The problem can be fixed by URI-encoding the quotation character as %22. I think this should be noted on the Help page. Is there bugzilla entry for this? Are there other characters that this happens for? --Bequw (talk) 04:20, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

OCLC automatic links?[edit]

WP has ISBN, RFC and PMID automatic links. I'd like to see OCLC links generated the same way (Sorry if this is not the best place for this subject; I couldn't find a better one). WCCasey (talk) 04:48, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Where Is The "PMID" For "Science" Journal Reference?[edit]

Not Clear About PMID - Need To know (I think) the PMID of the Reference attached to this entry - where is the PMID? -or- how does one obtain a PMID for this particular reference?[1]


  1. ^ Colaprete, A.; Schultz, P.; Heldmann, J.; Wooden, D.; Shirley, M.; Ennico, K.; Hermalyn, B.; Marshall, W; Ricco, A.; Elphic, R. C.; Goldstein, D.; Summy, D.; Bart, G. D.; Asphaug, E.; Korycansky, D.; Landis, D.; Sollitt, L. (22 October 2010). "Detection of Water in the LCROSS Ejecta Plume". Science. 330 (6003): 463–468. doi:10.1126/science.1186986. PMID ? Check |pmid= value (help).CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

Thanks in advance - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 19:57, 22 October 2010 (UTC)

I can't go to a section from my contributions[edit]

If I want to go back to a section I have edited, I can't do it from my list of contributions if the word "anchor" is in the title. Is this a bug that can be fixed, or something that needs to be explained in this article?— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 20:03, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

The problem is not the word "anchor" but having a template in a section heading, for example {{anchor}} as suggested at Help:Link#Section linking (anchors). The linked arrow in section edit summaries is documented at Help:Edit summary#Section editing. Perhaps the issue should be mentioned there. An example from your contributions is [2] where the case with {{anchor|...}} does not work. You can manually remove the template code from the edit summary before saving but few people will do that. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:37, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
Well, yeah, I knew it was the template and not just the word. Thanks.— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 16:50, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

Relative link from sandbox not working??[edit]

I have two subpages from my sand box, /a and /b. I can get to /b from /a by writing {{../b|params..}} but when I try to transclude /a from my sandbox, as {{/a|params..}} it then tries to access b as user/b not user/sandbox/b

Or am I doing something wrong? Alternatively, is there an easy way of removing [ and ] from a string? John of Cromer in China (talk) mytime= Sat 13:58, wikitime= 05:58, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

I've tried to answer this at the Help desk. It's probably best to raise questions in just one place at a time. -- John of Reading (talk) 07:43, 8 December 2012 (UTC)

Anchors away[edit]

I copy edited the Subpage links section.

BTW, I had to change the bit using the term anchor. It seems that term is defined and used consistently until sections 4, 5, and 6, where it turns into what was before target. I just substitute {{anchor}}.— CpiralCpiral 02:27, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Discussion about accidental page replacement, and posting of the proposed edited section
Not really. What you accidentally did was replace the entire page with just your edited "Subpage Links" section. Unfortunately, I had to revert that edit. I would recommend replacing that edit. Steel1943 (talk) 02:39, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
Thank you, I'll put it in tomorrow after it ripens here a day. — CpiralCpiral 02:47, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
(edit conflict)
Firefox 20.0.1/Windows 7: did restart during the editing process, but seemed OK, til I checked the saved page, and before I could catch the missing 24 thousand characters, Steel1943 caught it. Steel also suggested a proposal on the talk page first, rather than the bold edit. OK, here it is:
Proposed edited section
Subpage links

A subpage is an acceptable construct, except not in article space, (but it is acceptable in article talk space). When this happens, links to and from a subpage are very convenient, even if there is an entire array of subpages in a tree-like structure. The convenience is that rather than requiring a page name in the link, a relative reference to its parent page is denoted ".." in a wikilink on that (child) subpage, and a closing "/" is required. The link will display the actual page name, not the dots.

For example, a search for subpages of the Manual of style shows that it has a total of 138 subpages. But these are arranged in a subpage-tree structure, having 97 branches, 35 of which have two subpages, and 5 of which have three subpages. Surely these six pages of the Manual of style are interlinked using the subpage links as in the table that follows.

Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility

Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility/Data tables tutorial
Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility/Signatures

Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility/Data tables tutorial/Internal guidelines

Given the seven page names Fullpagename/A/B/C plus Fullpagename/S/T/V:

On page Wikilink Displays Description
Fullpagename/A/B [[../]] Fullpagename/A Parent
Fullpagename/A/B/C [[../../]] Fullpagename/A Grandparent
Fullpagename/A/B [[/C]] Fullpagename/A/B/C Child
Fullpagename/A [[../S]] Fullpagename/S Sibling
Fullpagename/A/B [[../../S/T]] Fullpagename/S/T Uncle

Linking to a section heading or {{anchor}} also works. The syntax is [[../#section name]].

Because any title can have a "/" in it, it is not clear from a title Pagename/a/b/c/d whether b/c has one or two parent pages (unless the search/navigation box is used). Where an article title starts with the "/" character, the workaround uses the syntax [[:''pagename'']], where the first character of the pagename is "/" . (An initial colon is always allowed in links to, and inclusions from, article namespace to denote "mainspace". Use only when needed.)

For more information:

CpiralCpiral 02:47, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
Sorry for the confusion. I was actually suggesting the discussion to initiate based on the fact that I thought you were replacing the entire page with just the subpages section (as in a possible good faith edit accidentally turned distruptive.) I'm not opposed either way. Steel1943 (talk) 02:56, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Interwiki Links explanation not consistent[edit]

Section first says (they) "take a prefix ":x:" which specifies the target site". And later it says: for example, [[m:Help:Link]] links to the "Help:Link" page on Meta ...

But m:Help:Link is not in the form that has a prefix ":x:". Yurivict (talk) 02:41, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

non-existent links unclickable/plaintext[edit]

Hello, Is it possible to print red links (articles that have not been made) as plain text, without the use of ParserFuntions?

Example: [[link|name|non-existent=plaintext]] = or something of that sort. I repeat - I cannot use ParserFunctions where I wish to achieve this, so it has to be a build-in feature.

Thanks! -- (talk) 14:45, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Try <nowiki>...</nowiki> - that's not a parser function. <nowiki>[[link|name]]</nowiki> → [[link|name]] --Redrose64 (talk) 20:10, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Please read my message again, that is not what I asked for (: -- (talk) 04:01, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
It's hard to understand what you meant to ask, since you didn't explain what you mean by print, or what purpose this is for. Did you mean that you want to display red links as non-linked plain text on wiki pages (not Wikipedia?)? The hypothetical syntax of your example appears to be for marking up specific links with this property – is that what you want? -- (talk) 19:10, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

Linking to a subsection[edit]

Greetings! Does anobody know how to make an intra-link to a subsection? For example, if there was an hypothetical article Alphabet, and it had a section called == Vowels == and a subsection === Letter A ===, how can you make an intra-link to the subsection === Letter A ===? (Alphabet -> Vowels -> Letter A)

I tried to find an answer from the Help -section, but there was no mention of such a case. Therefore, I'd like to suggest that such instructions are included to the current Help -site :P Cheers! Jayaguru-Shishya (talk) 20:55, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Linking a subsection is the same as linking a section: [[Alphabet#Letter A]] --RacerX11 Talk to meStalk me 21:40, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

"revisionjumper" gadget broke section links to old revisions[edit]

Section link to old version of WP page didn't work due to enabled "revisionjumper" gadget (closed discussion)
Closed and copied to be continued at relevant talk page User talk:DerHexer/revisionjumper
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

According to WP:ANCHOR, "anchor links can also be added to external URLs and to interwiki links, again using the # syntax".

I'm trying to make a link to a section (or subsecion) of an old version of an article. Clicking the link takes me to the old version of the article, but the section anchor seems to have no effect. The cursor always ends up at the top of the page. Example: ([3]). If indeed this does not work, shouldn't that be reflected on this help page?

But perhaps I missed something. If so, any idea what I can do? - DVdm (talk) 08:57, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

The link is correct. What is your browser? My Firefox jumps to an anchor when a page finishes loading but that never happens for The whole page is visible but Firefox keeps displaying an icon like Throbber allbackgrounds cyanblue.gif on the tab to indicate something is still loading. If I stop the loading by clicking X at the right of the adress bar then it jumps to the section. Lately I have experienced many Wikipedia pages which never finish loading in Firefox. I can also jump to the section by clicking anywhere in the address bar and then hitting enter. In this case the loading icon continues to spin. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari all finish loading and jump to the section for I wonder whether my Firefox issue is because I have NoScript. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:36, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
HA! Yes, same here. I tried a bunch of browsers and all do it fine. I tried a number of PCs with Firefoxes ranging from versions 36.x.x up to 38.0.1. Most do fine (without add-ons), but mine does not. I have add-ons Adblock Plus, Classic Theme Restorer, Cleeki, Cookie Exporter, Cookie Importer, eID, UnMHT, YouTube Flash Video Player. Disabling all add-ons and restarting Firefox does not help. Must be something different. - DVdm (talk) 10:52, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
When I log out, the problem does not occur. So this could be related to a user preferences setting, which are quite non-standard for me. I'll try to find the guilty setting... - DVdm (talk) 13:21, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
Restoring all default preferences settings solves the problem. Now using screenshots of previous settings to pinpoint the culprit... - DVdm (talk) 14:26, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
─────── Bingo! Go to Preferences, Gadgets, Browsing, option "The revisionjumper creates an interface which allows you to jump between different revisions." Turn it off and the problem is solved. User DerHexer pinged. Thanks, PrimeHunter for having pointed me in the right direction! - DVdm (talk) 15:08, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
It also worked for me to disable revisionjumper. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:44, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
But disabling the script can only be a temporary solution, right? ;-) Could you please enable the Firefox AddOn Firebug and tell me the errors it reports for the script? I don't get these errors here. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:21, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
@DVdm and PrimeHunter: Forgot to ping you. —DerHexer (Talk) 22:22, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
@DerHexer: I have just installed Firebug but either I don't know how to use it or it reports no revisionjumper errors. Anyway, I didn't really use revisionjumper and will just disable it. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:11, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
@DerHexer: Installed Firebug. Don't know how to use it either. Reports no revisionjumper errors. By the way, is this on-topic here? Shouldn't this be moved to User talk:DerHexer/revisionjumper? - DVdm (talk) 15:30, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
Indeed, it should be moved to the user talk page. I do have these issue on Firefox with long-loading pages on several wikis, some of these without revisionjumper. Will have a look at it later. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 15:59, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Proposal to permit redlinks in nav templates[edit]

FYI: Pointer to relevant discussion elsewhere

Please see Wikipedia talk:Red link#Proposal regarding redlinks in navigation templates  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  20:50, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

RfC: piping a wikilink for the sole purpose of inserting the 's[edit]

Hi! You may be interested in Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Linking#Saxon genitive and piping. It is about [[George Washington|George Washington's]] administration vs. [[George Washington]]'s administration wikilinks. Thanks in advance! -- Basilicofresco (msg) 04:55, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Sub section link going to bottom of the page[edit]

I am attempting to make a link to a subsection of another page, and the link keeps taking me to the bottom of the page instead of the subsection. Anyone know how to fix this?

Example: {{OP|Document:MainSection#subsectiontitle|subSectiontitle}}

This link, goes to the bottom of the "Document" instead of the "subsectiontitle". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jhmechanic (talkcontribs) 17:32, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

If you give us a wikilink to an example, we can look at it. Your contribution record shows nothing other than this question. I'm also rather confused by the syntax in your question; there isn't a "Document" namespace, and {{OP}} apparently doesn't take any parameters. --David Biddulph (talk) 17:41, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

people overwhelm by this page[edit]

We have had a bunch of new editors asking questions about this page.....seems people are overwhelmed with all the technical data and wording. Think its time we make a simple page to link for new editors... as of now best to link Wikipedia:Tutorial/Wikipedia links for new editors. Will work on this next week. -- Moxy (talk) 23:43, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Fixed. See altered {{About}} template. Mathglot (talk) 20:03, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

Linking to sections with embedded slash[edit]

The article needs to have a treatment of how to handle linking to section titles which have embedded slashes, and why it doesn't work "the normal way" but requires an escape; for example: #Gender identity and sexuality/sexual orientation. This arose from a question on my Talk page. I answered in part, but didn't go into detail about where the 2F escape comes from, because I was worried about burying a new user in TMI about an arcane topic. But a full explanation of the issue would be completely appropriate here at Help:Link.

There is already a section #Disallowed_characters in the article, but a new explanation doesn't belong there (at least, not if the section title remains the same) as slash is not a disallowed character in section names. Possibly it could go there if the section were renamed '#Special characters' with sub-subsections '#Disallowed', '#Meta', and '#Slash'. Otherwise, perhaps it could be added to #Section linking (anchors) (aka, WP:ANCHOR).

The new treatment might also mention in passing that the Manual of Style frowns on the use of slash to join words as a general rule. In addition, possibly something should be mentioned, or maybe just a link added, about the different default handling of slash in Main: and Talk: namespaces with respect to slashes in the page title and whether subpages are automatically created or not, if that's not too O/T. Mathglot (talk) 20:43, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

@Mathglot: Slashes work fine in section links: Social construction of gender#Gender identity and sexuality/sexual orientation. The problem in a question on your Talk page was wrong addition of "_2" to a link. The characters [ ] { | } do require encoding in section links. I have added mention of that.[4] PrimeHunter (talk) 13:54, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

"Highlight duplicate links" doesn't work properly[edit]

Don't know where else to take this issue, but the "Highlight duplicate links" button in the "tools" section has been malfunctioning for a while. Before, it distinguished between the lead and the article body when highlighting duplinks, but now it counts links in the article body as duplinks if they are linked in the intro, which makes the feature pretty much useless. Can someone change it back to how it was? FunkMonk (talk) 20:20, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

@FunkMonk: That tool is added by the javascript User:Ucucha/duplinks.js which you added to your common.js. I'll ping the script author - @Ucucha: - but if he doesn't respond in a few days, I suggest you post at WP:VPT and perhaps one of the project's scripting experts will take a look. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:18, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Ok, thanks! FunkMonk (talk) 14:00, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Google search URLs[edit]

URLs like"awarded+a+royal+charter" render as:"awarded+a+royal+charter"

or, in square brackets, as:


Can someone add a note on how to use them correctly, please? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 08:27, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

You could try which renders as and works as a link. If you want it to display with the quote marks you can use ["awarded+a+royal+charter"] which renders as"awarded+a+royal+charter" --David Biddulph (talk) 08:44, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
See also Help:URL#Linking to URLs which is linked in Help:Link#External links. For Google searches we also have {{Google}}. {{Google|"awarded a royal charter"}} produces "awarded a royal charter". PrimeHunter (talk) 10:21, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Automatically remove red links from page[edit]

Hi all,

I have been looking around (Inlcuding in the WP:WikiProject Red Link Recovery) for information on how to remove all red links from an article (The article in question 2002 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, was translated from the German Wikipedia; which has red links, and more pool players on), as the ones that have been translated are non-notable. The only thing I've seen is that it may be possible via AWB; but didn't go into details. Is there any way to change this information (as I may need to use this more than once, and manually it's quite the job)? Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 11:45, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

I don't know a tool but here is a method using regular expressions in the source editor. It skips piped links and some things can go wrong. Click "Advanced" in the toolbar above the edit area to show the advanced menu. Click the magnifying glass icon at the right to get a popup search and replace box. Enter \[\[([^\|]*?)\]\] at "Search for:". Enter {{subst:#ifexist:$1|[[$1]]|$1}} at "Replace with:". Make a checkmark at "Treat search string as a regular expression". Click "Replace all". The source should now have a lot of ifexist code but don't worry yet. Click "Show changes" to see the source changes which will be performed on save. If it looks OK then save. Otherwise abandon the edit or make manual changes. PrimeHunter (talk) 10:24, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Request to remove redirect Link[edit]

MY user page is Rosogolla Film, Wikipedia published my page, Rasgulla Film, Which is not correct. Page link URL is redirect with Rusgulla desert, I want ot remove this URL. How to solve my problem. Please help me. Bhattacharya rani (talk) 11:25, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Your request is unclear. Your user page is User:Bhattacharya rani. You can post to Wikipedia:Teahouse but please use the exact names of pages you refer to and link them like I did here, e.g. [[Rosogolla (film)]]. I guess it's about some of the pages/redirects Rosogolla (film), Rasgulla (film), Rosogolla, Rasgulla, but you didn't actually give the name of a single of those pages. Also be clear about whether you really want to remove a url or only change a redirect at that url into an article. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:51, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Unintentinal wiki syntax in links[edit]

Is there a way to have a link that could e.g. contain ~~~~? I tried the magic words like fullurl, but the only way to prevent the conversion to a signature seems to be <nowiki>. Watchduck (quack) 15:40, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

@Watchduck: No page at Wikipedia can have three or more consecutive tildes in its name; the software doesn't allow it. See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (technical restrictions)#Three consecutive tildes. You can place three or more tildes on the right of a piped link; one way is to use nowiki like this ~~~~, another is to break up the sequence like this ~~~~ or like this ~~~~ (view the source to see the coding). -- John of Reading (talk) 16:06, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
@Watchduck: You didn't say whether it's for external links or wikilinks. There are ways for external links. You can percent-encode ~ as %7E like, or you can insert a comment in the url like<!---->~~ which produces It's not possible in wikilinks, and there couldn't be a target page if it was possible. Wikipedia:Naming conventions (technical restrictions)#Three consecutive tildes says: "Titles cannot contain 3 or more consecutive tildes". That's why or variations like say "Bad title" and "The requested page title contains invalid magic tilde sequence (~~~)." (this is Mediawiki:Title-invalid-magic-tilde). MediaWiki prevents wikilinks to such invalid titles. Two tildes are allowed. [[~~]] produces ~~. [[~<!---->~]] works and produces ~~, so wikilinks can contain comments. But [[~~<!---->~~]] fails and produces the unlinked [[~~~~]] with displayed brackets. It's the same for other wikilinks with at least 3 consecutive tildes, e.g. [[A~~~B]]. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:30, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the hint with <!---->. I meant external links like I am aware of percent-encoding, but in the case that made me ask that would not help. The tildas are meant as separators of strings that may be empty, buy may also contain tildas: This query string encodes four names, and the last one is non~conformist. Percent-encoding states that the tilda is not a reserved character, so there should be nothing wrong with this URL. It would be good to have a template that makes sure all legal URLs can actually be used. Would that be technically possible? 20:43, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
@Watchduck: I don't know how your example was constructed but it fails because double percent encoding was used on ~. First it was encoded as %7E and then % in that was encoded as %25, producing %257E. This is not a valid encoding of ~. No encoding or one encoding both work. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:24, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
Believe it or not, but in my use case %257E is actually the right solution. I did not come up with it, it's what strict-uri-encode gives me. The two URLs you wrote "both work", but they both encode five names, the last two non and conformist.
Anyway, do you think a template could do something like including <!---->? Are there other examples of legal URLs that could be misinterpreted as wiki syntax? works fine (despite <hr>). Watchduck (quack) 23:56, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
@Watchduck: I don't know what your unspecified site requires but %257E is not a valid percent encoding of ~. Are you sure you used strict-uri-encode correctly? I don't have the tool but suspect you asked it to encode the already encoded Your browser address bar may display the same for this and for, but they are not the same and your browser may copy-paste them differently from the address bar. Four ---- only make a horizontal rule <hr /> at the start of a line. A template could not be called with a plain text ~~~~ written in the wikitext without nowiki, comment tags or something else, because it would be converted to a signature as soon as the page is saved. Three consecutive tildes in url's is rare. A common issue is square brackets, e.g.[string] producing[string] while works. See more at Help:URL. If you try to call a template with a url as a parameter then you get trouble with some allowed url characters being interpreted as wiki syntax. I don't think a general solution is possible where the wikitext can contain any valid url without modifications. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:51, 19 November 2018 (UTC)